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[Q&A] Bobby Brown talks life, liberty and the pursuit of Crimson Bull Cascade; a revolutionary freeskiing competitors

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[Q&A] Bobby Brown talks life, liberty and the pursuit of Crimson Bull Cascade; a revolutionary freeskiing competitors

Written by Xavier— Posted in April 18, 2023

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INTERVIEW • Jordan Grant-Krenz | PHOTOS • Courtesy of Bobby Brown

Featured Picture – Bobby & Peter Brown

As you could have heard, Crimson Bull Cascade is descending upon the legendary Winter Park Resort, in lovely Colorado this weekend, April 21-22. The brand new competitors is in contrast to something you’ve seen earlier than, that includes a two-mile-long course, unparalleled creativity, a head-to-head bracket format and riders from all totally different disciplines of snowboarding. The thought is to mix freestyle, slopestyle and all-mountain driving into an occasion that’s as thrilling as it’s relatable. Merely put, it’s a recent tackle freeskiing’s competitors scene.

Crimson Bull Cascade is the brainchild of none apart from Bobby Brown. One of the storied riders within the sport’s historical past, the Colorado raised X Video games gold medalist determined to take issues into his personal fingers. He’s no stranger to huge air and slopestyle competitions, nor to the world of freestyle filming. As somebody who has frolicked in each the technically strict (competitions) and the creatively free (filming) worlds of snowboarding, he’s an excellent thoughts to place behind an occasion that blends the 2. Alongside his associates at Crimson Bull and with the assistance of a few of the most proficient park shapers on the planet, Brown is bringing this unbelievable imaginative and prescient to life. It’s a venture he hopes will inject new life into competitions, function a platform for younger riders and encourage artistic and distinctive driving.

FREESKIER needed to know what motivated Brown to carry an occasion like Cascade to life, and the way he thinks it’s going to profit the ski neighborhood at giant. We sat down with the principle man to get the phrases straight from the supply. Accidents, motivation, Mobb Deep, step-up jumps and life classes; it’s all on the desk as we discuss Crimson Bull Cascade with Bobby Brown.

You’ve seen nearly each avenue of the ski trade at this level. What drew you to assist create this occasion (Crimson Bull Cascade), and the way do you suppose an occasion like it will profit the ski neighborhood? 

I actually needed to assist present a spot the place individuals might ski how they need and never really feel restricted by the course or the judging. The extent of technicality that’s requested for in contests as of late makes it onerous to grasp the methods that skiers are throwing, even for somebody skilled like me. The imaginative and prescient behind [Cascade] was to make a relatable occasion that centered on all-mountain driving, emphasizing the moments in between the options. We needed to carry it again to the viewers and make them really feel like they might be out right here on this course. 

And for youthful riders, hopefully they see this and draw inspiration from what number of alternative ways there are to experience. I additionally hope they see an avenue wherein they’ll win a contest by being artistic, and never essentially by being probably the most technically proficient. These had been the large the reason why I felt prefer it was time to do one thing like this; to present riders one of these freedom in a contest and produce a way of relatability to these watching. We wish to do it in a different way, to encourage artistic driving and incentivize extra high quality. It’s by no means straightforward to shake issues up, however Crimson Bull has been tremendous supportive ever since we pitched the thought and I’m so glad we’re making it occur.

How is that this competitors (scoring, course, and so on.) totally different from different occasions that individuals would possibly know like X Video games and Dew Tour? How does it evaluate to occasions just like the late nice Crimson Bull Chilly Rush or Playstreets?

It’s definitely going to be totally different from competitors codecs that individuals know. It’ll be a head-to-head bracket, one run per spherical with single elimination. To be trustworthy, we’re not too positive how the scoring goes to work, however I see that as the wonder on this occasion. We’ve three proficient, completed World Cup judges lined up, and it’s going to be a collaborative effort when deciding what to search for. We’ll be certain that the athletes have their voices heard and specific how they suppose it needs to be scored, and that they know what we’re searching for. Everybody I’ve been in touch with, judges and athletes, all appear to love this collaboration greater than the choice of simply telling somebody what they should do.

The objective is to have a rider like Alex Corridor go up towards somebody like Blake Wilson, and although they’ve very totally different types, they may play a sport that’s scored off creativity and execution as a substitute of technical precision and time. I believe it will open it up extra, and permit these skiers to have a slip early on however make up for it later of their run. The course is 2 miles lengthy in spite of everything, so we’re anticipating individuals to mess up. The format is ready up in order that riders can take a brand new or totally different route, specific their very own type, and have some leeway by way of falling. Like I stated, we wish to reward that creativity and line selection.

Give us a short walkthrough of the large two-mile course. Which two options are your favourite? 

There’s one place to begin that dives off into two totally different traces. After the primary function, you possibly can both keep in your line or you possibly can go into the opposite one. I cherished the thought of flexibleness, and having the ability to change your line run to run so we made positive that was an choice. 

The proper run begins with a 40-foot disco field and features a 30-foot leap by the timber, a freeride part, a 60-foot channel hole to swap traces and a 40-foot cannon rail to call a couple of options. The left run kicks off with a ginormous up, flat, down rail we’re calling the ‘battleship’ and features a 30-foot step down, a freeride part and a 40-foot pole jam amongst different options.

Brown talked us by the course from high to backside. Try the Course Map together with his detailed annotations on the backside.

A variety of these options are from my very own reminiscence rising up. The large disco field for instance is just like one we hit at a shoot with Matchstick Productions again within the day at Stevens Move [Washington]. They’re all designed to be flowy and encourage the riders to consider the continual line and simply have enjoyable. If I needed to choose my two favourite options, the primary could be the Battleship rail. I’m so excited to experience that factor and see what individuals do on it. The second must be the channel hole connecting the cannon rail to the touchdown. I’ve to present an enormous shout out to Charles Beckinsale. He’s been instrumental in creating these options, a lot of which have a number of choices and are usually not straightforward to construct.

Was it important so that you can carry this contest to your house state of Colorado, or did it simply shake out like that? 

It wasn’t a necessity, however I’m so stoked to carry this to Colorado and to be at Winter Park. The resort crew has been very accommodating. They’re shutting down an entire carry early to present us entry to our personal part of the mountain. Plus their terrain park supervisor, Deven Kearns; he’s extraordinarily supportive relating to making occasions like this occur. Constructing one of these course just isn’t straightforward, and having individuals like Deven on the bottom is probably the most essential factor. He, Charles [Beckinsale], Brandon Dodds and the entire cat crew have been unbelievable throughout this means of constructing for the final couple of weeks. Ideally, I’d wish to construct a course sooner or later on terrain that’s a bit steeper, however for the inaugural yr, we couldn’t have requested for a greater spot.

How had been the invitations structured for the competitors? Was it based mostly on any earlier aggressive success, or simply skiers who’re on high of their sport proper now?

We needed to ensure to herald everybody from final yr’s take a look at construct. They had been very supportive even once we didn’t have a transparent thought of what it will be. From there we made positive to combine it up with some all-mountain people, some park riders and everybody in between. There was no rating or something like that.

Who’re you most excited to see experience the course this yr?

Tom Wallisch is swinging by, so it’ll be nice to observe him as at all times. Taylor [Brooke Lundquist] additionally involves thoughts. She’s tremendous easy and isn’t a standard slopestyle or competitors skier, which provides her a distinct perspective on options. I can’t wait to see how she approaches the course. I’m pumped to see Colby Steveson and Ben Smith on it as properly. Colby has been on one other stage this competitors season, and Ben was such a assist final yr constructing, and his driving was simply unbelievable. He positioned second in our rider-judged competitors, so I can’t wait to see what he brings this yr.

Give us two songs that you simply’ll bump in your first lap by the course. 

I’ll most likely should go together with ‘Youths Gone Wild’ by Skid Row and ‘Shook Ones’ by Mobb Deep. Shoutout to Oakley, each of these songs are of their crew video ‘1242’. In case you haven’t seen it I’d make {that a} precedence. I haven’t discovered a full copy of it on-line although, so if anybody can monitor that down let me know!

In case you can watch one rider (previous or current, snowboard or ski) hit this course high to backside, who would it not be?

Seeing Jossi Wells out right here could be insane. Sadly, he couldn’t make it out this yr. He’s a kind of guys who can join transitions like no person else, and I actually tried to consider that rather a lot once we had been designing the course. Hopefully, he’ll be out right here subsequent yr.

Do you’ve got a imaginative and prescient of what Crimson Bull Cascade will appear like shifting ahead? 

I’d adore it if [Red Bull Cascade] might proceed on. It’s nice to offer a platform for riders who deserve eyes on them however perhaps don’t flourish in the usual comp scene. I do suppose that competitions will be nice, and perhaps this may function a mannequin for a brand new format. I imply, [competitions] get a nasty wrap typically however it may be fairly rattling cool when all the things comes collectively. 

For individuals who don’t know, you had a severe again damage final winter at Saas Payment. We’re very glad to see that you simply’re again on skis now. How did your restoration and the following season reshape the way you have a look at snowboarding and your profession, if in any respect? 

It’s been a reasonably brutal few years of accidents for positive. The yr earlier than I used to be coping with some knee stuff, after which I went to Europe making an attempt to get my methods again and regain some confidence within the park. Final day of the journey, I landed on my again and spent 10 days within the hospital on the market and had one other surgical procedure in March of 2022. By all of it, I can confidently say that I’ve by no means had any wavering on whether or not or not that is the trail I wish to proceed on, however there have definitely been instances once I’ve puzzled if it was potential. 

It appears like my physique is stronger than my thoughts, I’ll say that. This yr has been about getting my physique again to regular and feeling constant. Proper now I’d say I’m at about 80% on the most effective days. I’ve had an unbelievable assist system and owe my household and associates a lot for the time and love they’ve given me. I’ve additionally drawn a whole lot of inspiration from Candide [Thovex]. He’s clearly set the bar fairly excessive relating to what’s potential after a again damage. I’ll say that serving to placed on an occasion like that is very rewarding, and I really feel extraordinarily lucky nonetheless. 

Though you’ve been an expert skier for a decade and a half, your aspirations and keenness for snowboarding don’t appear to be diminishing. What do you hope to get out of snowboarding within the coming years, and what do you hope to present or depart behind? 

I actually suppose my greatest snowboarding continues to be forward of me. It’s been a couple of years of battling to get my physique again to the place I need it to be, however there isn’t a doubt in my thoughts that I could make it there. My objective is totally to get my stage of snowboarding again to the place it was and surpass it. I do know it’s going to be an uphill battle, however with time and dedication, I’m constructive that I can do it.

So far as what I wish to carry to snowboarding, I wish to put time into creating alternatives and platforms for younger riders. After I was developing we had the Huge Bear Open, we had the North American Open, all these occasions that served as breeding grounds and that actually assured younger riders like me, ‘Hey, it is a viable factor I can do!”, and I wish to be sure that continues on. I’m definitely fascinated about how I can get again to my healthiest self, however I’ve realized that there’s a lot I can do within the meantime. 

On the finish of the day, I don’t wish to focus solely on myself. I genuinely wish to assist construct different individuals up and push the game on whereas making a stronger neighborhood. I have a look at this Cascade occasion as a spot the place individuals can come collectively, see nice driving and revel in themselves. Snowboarding has introduced me and so many others such insane pleasure all through life, and so long as I can hold that going, I’ll be completely happy.

Crimson Bull Cascade 2023 – Winter Park Course Map

Skiers Proper line:

– Disco field

– 40-foot step down into timber

– 40-foot step down out nook switch leap


– Ski leap, mogul line 

– Cannon ‘uprail’ hole to touchdown 

– Cat monitor to subject objective leap by timber

– Quarter pipe leap

– Closing double leap 

Skiers Left line:

– Battleship rail

– 40-foot ‘Spider Net’ into timber

– Log Jam out 

– Conventional hip leap

– 50-foot step down tree faucet, tree part

– Closing double leap

Picture Gallery

Photos Courtesy of Bobby Brown and Crimson Bull

Bobby Brown and your pleasant neighborhood ski patroller eventually yr’s take a look at construct
The monstrous Battleship rail being solid into form
A Winter Park sundown above cat-churned snow
Josh Conroy rides the rainbow eventually yr’s take a look at construct
The construct should go on!
Getting ready the prized switch hole

Tune in April 20-22 for the first-ever Crimson Bull Cascade in Winter Park, Colorado.






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